This post is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of landlord-tenant disputes in Olympia or Tacoma, Washington. I felt it was necessary to write on this issue in order to provide information which would help people to better understand their rights and obligations whenever they are in a dispute with their landlord. It is, after all, understandable that people are frustrated and may not know what to do when they find themselves in such a dispute. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you or a loved one need assistance, then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed multiple topics over my recent articles. The issues which I have analyzed include:
- The rights of a tenant during eviction proceedings
- When a tenant may withhold rent
- When a tenant may make engage in self-help and make the repairs themselves
- When a tenant may bring legal action against their landlord
These are the most common tenant’s rights issues that arise in Washington. Many renters make the mistake of thinking that there is “nothing they can do” when they are served with an eviction notice or when their landlord fails to make repairs. However, tenants have substantial rights. In an eviction, if a landlord did not follow proper procedures, or if they breached other rights of the tenant, then there may be an opportunity to fight the eviction.
Second, many renters make the mistake of thinking that they can withhold rent if something is in need of repair or they are otherwise unhappy. That is not true in Washington. In Washington, a renter may only withhold their payments under strict and very limited circumstances.
Third, many tenants make the mistake of thinking that they can just make the repair themselves and the landlord will have to reimburse them. That is generally not true in Washington. In Washington, tenants are better off suing, on their own or with an attorney, than they are trying to engage in “self-help” remedies and repairs.
One point I stressed throughout each of these articles is the need to contact a landlord-tenant lawyer as soon as possible if you have questions about your situation. Both eviction cases and repair cases can involve intricate issues of fact and law, and no two cases are the same. How the Court will rule in any given situation is always going to depend on the facts of the case. If you find yourself in need of assistance, then contact my office today to speak with an Olympia attorney. My office is based on the idea that everyone is entitled to quality representation and we will give your case the attention it deserves.
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